Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28364
Hints and tips by Kath
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Hello everyone. It’s not a Ray T Thursday so those of you who don’t get along with him can relax – I’m not going to make any wild guesses as to who set today’s crossword as I’ve been wrong many times before. I didn’t think it was too difficult although there were a few that held me up at the end.
In the hints that follow the definitions are underlined and the answers are hidden under the bits that say ANSWER so only do that if you need to see them.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought of the crossword and how you got on today.
1a Battle in street leading to goods impounded by law (8)
STRUGGLE — A two letter abbreviation for street followed by (leading to) a law or a regulation containing (impounded by) more than one abbreviation for G(ood).
5a Clever group of diners disregarding time (4)
ABLE — A group of diners, or more precisely where they would sit, without its first letter.
9a Musical success by star covering tango up to now (8)
HITHERTO — A general term for a musical success is followed by the star or main protagonist which contains the letter represented by the word ‘tango’ in the phonetic alphabet.
10a Trouble in Belgium with alternative on the right (6)
BOTHER — The IVR code for Belgium and then an alternative or something different.
11a Model train in state that’s healthy (8)
SANITARY — Another word for state or put into words contains (in) an anagram (model) of TRAIN.
12a Agreement in a combination of notes, we hear (6)
ACCORD — The A from the clue is followed by a homophone (we hear) of a combination of notes played together.
14a Make more efficient floundering men’s retail (10)
STREAMLINE — An anagram (floundering) of MEN’S RETAIL
18a Solicit group of brothers for judicial direction? (5,5)
COURT ORDER — Another word for solicit or seek is followed by a group of brothers – the religious kind.
22a Hear about the Italian bishop’s hat (6)
TRILBY — A verb to hear or pass judgement contains (about) the Italian word for the definite article and the one letter abbreviation for B(ishop).
23a Expedient required for fleet facing difficulty (5,3)
QUICK FIX — Another word for fleet or speedy is followed by a second one meaning a difficulty or a tight spot.
24a Where eight might be found as an unbroken sequence (2,1,3)
IN A ROW — Eight here are people are in a boat – one of those that’s much easier to solve than it is to give a sensible hint for.
25a In America, single, drunk, showing brutish quality (8)
UGLINESS — An angram (drunk) of SINGLE goes inside (in) the two letter abbreviation for the United States.
26a Attack vehicle in reservoir (4)
TANK — A double definition – the first is a large military vehicle.
27a Support the man clearly discontented in view of the future? (8)
PROPHECY — A word meaning support or hold up is followed by the masculine form of the third person pronoun and then the first and last letters of C(learl)Y (discontented or with its content removed).
2d One on board giving measure of programme’s success (6)
RATING — A double definition – a sailor and the number of people estimated to have watched or listened to a programme.
3d Hotel in reach in poor quarter (6)
GHETTO — Split 3,2 you have a couple of words that mean reach or arrive at – the one letter abbreviation for H(otel) goes inside.
4d A trite rule that’s spoiled written material (10)
LITERATURE — An anagram (that’s spoiled) of A TRITE RULE.
6d Sack male in top disciplinary facility (4,4)
BOOT CAMP — The first word is a verb to sack or kick out and the second is one that means top or outdo which contains the abbreviation for M(ale).
7d Greeting penned by a poet I fancy in African country (8)
ETHIOPIA — A two letter greeting is inside (penned by) an anagram (fancy) of A POET I.
8d Device that could make mum more embarrassed (8)
SHREDDER — A two letter interjection that means ‘mum’ in the sense of ‘hush’ followed by the comparative form of the colour someone goes when embarrassed.
9d Mess when accommodated in two hospitals (4)
HASH — A little short word for when or at the same time are contained in (accommodated in) the letters that stand for a H(ospital).
13d Serve e.g. grub cooked using no animals ultimately — as this? (10)
VEGEBURGER — An anagram (cooked) of SERVE E.G. GRUB without the ‘S’ (using no animals ultimately ie the last letter of animals). I’m not sure I’ve ever written the answer before but I don’t think I’d have spelt it this way although it is in the BRB.
15d Very critical about supporting son, and object (8)
SCATHING — One of the two letter latin abbreviations meaning about are preceded by (supporting) S(on) and then a word that means an object or article.
16d Rejoicing in lab crazily interrupts project (8)
JUBILANT — An anagram (crazily) of IN LAB are contained in another word for project or protrude.
17d Rigid objections raised and tolerated endlessly (8)
STUBBORN — A reversal (raised) of some objections, often used as ‘ifs and ****, and then another word for tolerated or put up with without its final letter (endlessly).
19d Be economical, having munched crisp over minute (6)
SCRIMP — An anagram (munched) of CRISP contains (over) the abbreviation for M(inute).
20d Decadent English fellows having summer in Paris (6)
EFFETE — The abbreviation for E(nglish) followed by two abbreviations for F(ellow) and then the French word for summer (summer in Paris).
21d A big strike upset international alliance (4)
AXIS —The A from the clue is followed by a reversal (upset) of the number of runs scored in cricket when someone hits the ball very hard and a very long way (a big strike). Well, there had to be one, didn’t there?
I liked 24 and 27a and 7d. My favourite was 20d.
The Quickie pun:- SITTER + DELL = CITADEL